Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow

Elizabeth Arden recently (last fall, I think) introduced a new line of eyeshadows that are formulated with anti-aging ingredients that are (according to Elizabeth Arden) supposed to give the eyes a more youthful appearance.

Elizabeth Arden says:  "Our crease-free formula helps improve the appearance of signs of aging while protecting your skin from environmental damage."

The packaging for these eyeshadows is beautiful.  They are housed in a silver and gold compact with a Red Door emblem on the front.  The powder is embossed with the shape of a Red Door also.  It comes with a rather tiny sponge applicator that is a little hard to grip, but is still usable.

(That is a green wall reflected in the silver of the compact!)

The eyeshadows come in 32 singles and 7 duos.  I chose 3 singles:  Amethyst, a rich, shimmering blue-based purple; Golden Orchid, a plum with lots of gold shimmer; and Romance, a shimmery dusty rose.


Golden Orchid


From left: Amethyst, Golden Orchid, Romance (without flash)

From left: Amethyst, Golden orchid, Romance (with flash)

The formula is buttery and soft without any powderiness.  I do get a little creasing on my somewhat oily eyelids after a few hours, but these last all day with a primer underneath.  The colors are also intensified with a primer and can be sheerer without one.  They kind of give a watercolor effect when worn sheer.

One of my favorite combinations is Amethyst on the lid and Romance in the crease.  They make a soft, pretty purple and pink look.

Of note:  One would have to wear this eyeshadow everyday to see any anti-aging effects.  Furthermore, because the packaging is not light or air tight, the anti-oxidants will degrade quickly.  However, that's not to say some of the other anti-aging ingredients can't make a difference to the skin.

I think these shadows are beautiful, not only to use, but to look at on your vanity, too!  Definitely luxurious makeup!

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